This information is for the 2016 event and will be updated this fall.
Expect the 2017 event to be much the same
THE MANGUM TRACK CLUB PROUDLY PRESENTS
"THE BETHEL HILL MOONLIGHT BOOGIE"
22th Annual Event 50 miles
And returning in 2016
The 11th annual
6:00 P.M. SATURDAY JUNE 11, 2016
ELLERBE, NORTH CAROLINA
Doug Dawkins, Race Director
Timing by Andy Wilson and Wilson Timing
"Come with no expectations and you will not be disappointed."
There are plenty of motels in Rockingham. Since you will be running all night you may not need a room.
If you do need lodging call 1-800-858-1688 for local information.
A full service aid station will be near the start/finish and will be passed at approximately 6 miles and 10
miles of each loop. Plan to carry a bottle.
I do like to let my volunteers go home at a reasonable time. They will be with us all night. Therefore,
all 50-milers must start the last lap no later than 4 am. That means you have to do the first 40 miles
under 10 hours. Marathoners must be finished by 3 am [9 hrs. time limit].
Shirts are the traditional Boogie design and 100% cotton. Please indicate your desired size on the
registration form. Shirts will be presented at packet pick-up.
There will be awards for male and female first place overall and for male and female first place Mangum
Track Club for the 50 mile event. To be eligible for the MTC award you must check that you are a
Mangum Track Club member on the entry form. The marathon will also have a first place overall male
and female award. Additionally, all 50 mile finishers will receive a large pottery mug and all marathon
finishers will receive a coffee size pottery mug. There will be no awards ceremony. All finishers both 50
miles and marathon will receive their finisher's mug immediately after they cross the finish line. Awards
will not be mailed unless we run out and have to purchase more. Make sure and get yours at the finish.
This is not your normal marathon. This is all rural, not a city marathon. The course is not certified.
You will be in the middle of nowhere all the time with no porta-potties, no splits, no mile markers, no
spectators, and late in the run possibly even no other runners. There are only 6 houses on the course
and they have dogs. Aid stops are over 5 miles apart, so you will need to carry a water bottle. If you
decide to quit, there are no pick-up vans, so you will either have to walk to the aid station or hitch a ride
with somebody. The race will start at 6 pm and the temperature will probably be about 85 degrees with
little shade. Darkness comes about 9 pm and there are no street lights. You will need a light for the
reasons cited in the waiver. If you need to be catered to every couple of miles along the course or worry
running in the dark, perhaps you should not come. We really have seen everything listed in the waiver
except the polecats and they are there too. The drop out rate among veteran 50-milers is usually 40%
or so. Think long and hard before you enter this event. Ask yourself "Am I ready for this. Or would I be better
off doing an event where I still have somebody to look after me." If you're not ready to step up and be
responsible for yourself all the way, stay away. Find an easier event.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: 2017 Update. Both courses certified. BHMB map Boogie Marathon map
Five repeats of a 6-mile loop and a 4-mile out-and-back for the fifty miler. All rural and all paved. There are
several long hills and some smaller ones too. This is not mountainous but is definitely not flat. The marathon
course is the same as the 50 but with less repeats. Marathoners and 50 milers start together. Shortly after the
start marathoners will make a left turn and do an out-and-back that is necessary to get the distance correct.
The out-and-back just after the start is only done once and is not repeated on later laps. 50 milers will not do
the early out-and-back. For directions to the start click here.
Registration will open January 10. There is only a 50 mile event and a marathon. No other distances will
be recognized as finishes. The 50 mile has only a 50 mile finish. Anything less is a DNF. There is no
marathon option for 50 milers electing to drop out. The marathon has only a 26.2 mile finish.
Marathoners cannot elect to continue running for a 50 mile finish. Prior to May 20 you can change
events by sending me an email requesting the switch. Either way, 50 to marathon or marathon to 50.
After May 20 there will be no switching from one event to another. The number of registrations will be
limited to 140 combined for both races. No refunds. No wait list. And no transfer of your slot to another
runner if you decide to not come. When registration closes a notice will be posted on this web site
announcing closure. Any entry forms postmarked after entry closes will be returned.
There is no online entry for these events. Mail in only
Register for the Bethel Hill Moonlight Boogie 50 mile
Register for the Boogie Marathon
The race director reserves the right to change or update details of this event at any time. Packet pickup will
begin at 5 pm near the start. The race will start at 6 pm. Most runners will finish the first loop in daylight. All
runners will be required to have a light after dark. The course is open to traffic, so the lights are not only for
you to see with, but also so you can be seen. Littering upsets the race director. Leave all trash within 300
feet of the aid station. This includes empty gel packets.
The members of Bethel Baptist Church are again cooking for us. There will be both vegetarian and regular
burgers and hot dogs for runners, their crew and families, and volunteers. They also have tea and desserts.
Food for crew, families, and volunteers will begin being available about 7 p.m and remain available
throughout the night. Runners may eat in the fellowship hall after they are done. Hot dogs and hamburgers
will also be available on the aid station table later in the evening.
Something for you to think about. Lots of us like to have our favorite post-race beverage. Remember,we are
guests here. Do not take alcohol onto church property. Let's respect our hosts. Our race depends on it.
There will be no switching of events after May 20. Packet pickup will begin at 5 pm near the start.
The race will start at 6 pm. Most runners will finish the first loop in daylight. All runners will be required
to have a light after dark. The course is open to traffic, so the lights are not only for you to see with,
but also so you can be seen. Littering upsets the race director. Leave all trash within 300 feet of the aid
station. This includes empty gel packets
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Registration closed June 6 at 5:00 p.m.